Military Wire: An exclusive behind-the-scenes workshop for veterans

Michael Schindler
Michael Schindler

Across America, a number of agencies and organizations are rolling out programs and initiatives geared to help veterans find healing, a new mission and a sense of purpose after the military. South Snohomish County is joining the effort.

On Feb. 5 from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., veterans, their friends and families are invited to an exclusive, behind-the-scenes event with one of the world’s most acclaimed and innovative ensembles of performers with and without disabilities.

In connection with AXIS Dance Company’s performance at Edmonds Center for the Arts (ECA), AXIS dancers will lead a free workshop and demonstration for veterans. The workshop was developed alongside a new piece the company will perform at ECA, called “to go again.” Choreographed by Joe Goode, “to go again” is based on stories from veterans at Palo Alto Veterans Hospital.

Participants will warm up using exercises that AXIS employs to work with a physically diverse group, and then explore some simple choreographic techniques. The workshop will conclude with an excerpted performance of “to go again”, followed by a Q&A. Join dancers after the program for a lunch hosted by Operation Military Family Cares.

The workshop is 90 minutes long and will be held at American Legion Post 66, 117 6th Ave. S., Edmonds, WA. Space is limited to 30 participants. RSVP to Gillian Jones, ECA Director of Programming, at 425-275-9483 or

Bottom Line: If you are a veteran or the loved one of a veteran, you’ll benefit greatly from this behind-the-scenes unique workshop. This could very well be the start of a new beginning.

— By Michael Schindler

Michael Schindler, Navy veteran, and president of Edmonds-based Operation Military Family, is a guest writer for several national publications, author of the book “Operation Military Family” and “The Military Wire” blog. He is also a popular keynote and workshop speaker who reaches thousands of service members and their families every year through workshops and seminars that include “How to Battle-Ready Your Relationship” or “What Your Mother-in-Law Didn’t Tell You.” He received the 2010 Outstanding Patriotic Service Award from the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs

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